Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed in foggy conditions considered so dangerous that the LAPD grounded all its flights

Business Insider | 1/26/2020 | Alexandra Ma
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NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning.

He and eight others had been flying in heavy fog conditions and crashed into a hillside.

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The fog conditions had been so bad that even the Los Angeles Police Department had deemed it too dangerous to fly, and had grounded its own flights that morning.

Flight tower audio recordings published by TMZ also showed aviation authorities telling the helicopter pilot he was flying "too low" at some point during the flight.

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Retired NBA player Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed in fog conditions considered so dangerous that the Los Angeles Police Department had grounded its own flights at the time, CBS News and the Associated Press (AP) reported.

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Bryant's Sikorsky S-76 private helicopter, known for its strong safety record and reputation for VIP transport, crashed around 9:45 a.m. local time Sunday and killed all nine people on board.

"The weather situation did not meet our minimum standards for flying," LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said Sunday night, according to CBS News.

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The fog "was enough that we were not flying," he said, adding that the force didn't fly any of its helicopters until later that afternoon.

It's not entirely clear whether the LAPD had grounded flights at the time Bryant's helicopter took off, and the LAPD media office was unavailable for comment at time of publication.

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The helicopter pilot had also been told that he was flying too low at one point during the...
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